UN Human Rights Council to create ‘blacklist’ database of settlement businesses

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The United Nations Human Rights Council will “produce a database of all business enterprises” operating in Israel’s settlements in territory occupied in 1967. The company blacklist was approved as part of a series of five resolutions passed by the Geneva-based group, condemning Israel’s control over Palestinian lands and re-affirming European guidelines to label Israeli products originating in the settlements.

The Council also decried specific Israeli practices it outlined as “undermining” the status quo between the parities including a recent large land confiscation in the West Bank and settlement construction in Area E1—a land corridor where settlements would sever the territorial continuity of the West bank.

The Palestinian envoy to the Council Ibrahim Khreisheh released a statement to “countries opposed to the implementation of international law in the occupied State of Palestine,” asking them to “consider the impact their disregard for international law has within the international legal sphere and the Israeli violations they are perpetuating against the Palestinian people.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly criticized the human rights body after the vote, stating the Council had enacted a double standard. 

“The UN Human Rights Council has become an anti-Israel circus. It attacks the only democracy in the Middle East and ignores the gross violations of Iran, Syria and North Korea,” Netanyahu said. “The absurdity is that instead of dealing with the Palestinians’ terrorist attacks and those of Daesh in Europe, it decides to condemn Israel. Israel calls on responsible governments not to honor the decisions of the Council that discriminate against Israel.”

Israel’s envoy to the Council said the resolutions showed, “The Human Rights Council had become an inflammatory environment.”

“Instead of contributing to a more peaceful environment, it contributed to deepened the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.  Was this a farce or a tragedy?” said the representatives in a  statement released by the United Nations.

The resolutions comes two weeks after Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat told the British outlet Asharq al-Awsat that Secretary of State John Kerry relayed to him the United States intended to block any resolution on settlements presented to the United Nations Security Council, reported the Jerusalem Post earlier this month. 

While the Security Council has the ability to order international intervention, the less powerful Human Rights Council is tasked with building institutions and drafting reports that promote human rights.

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  1. HarryLaw
    March 25, 2016, 1:32 pm

    Erekat is on a fool’s errand if he thinks the US will confront Israel over its settlement enterprise [a grave war crime according to the Geneva conventions]. It is a fact that because the US has the veto at the UN this also allows the US and friends of the US [Israel, Saudi Arabia and others to commit war crimes with impunity] see Dr David Morrison’s critique of the veto system here.http://www.david-morrison.org.uk/iraq/ags-legal-advice.pdf Unfortunately the Palestinian leadership has thrown its lot in with the corrupt Kings and Emirs of the GCC, who in turn are colluding with Israel against the true ‘arc of resistance’ Syria, Hezbollah, Iraq and Iran. It is this resistance which the US and its proxy’s Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey wish to eliminate, as a consequence the Palestinian cause would be lost. Fortunately the Syrian people have survived 5 years of war and are beginning to uproot the terrorists [the good and bad ones] leaving the ‘arc of resistance’ much stronger, to the consternation of the Israeli’s.

  2. amigo
    March 25, 2016, 4:01 pm

    “The UN Human Rights Council has become an anti-Israel circus. It attacks the only democracy in the Middle East”

    Whose soldiers murder at will with the explicit support of criminals like Nietandyahu.For a group he hates so much , he sure gives them all the material they need to stay on Israel,s case.

    Try making peace yaahoo and rest assured they will not bother you or your rogue tin pot nation.

  3. ritzl
    March 25, 2016, 4:04 pm

    When you all write titles can you write them without the mixed messages. The UN is simply creating a list.

    “Blacklist” is the negative characterization of that neutrally factual action made by pro-Israel flacks.

    Unless one changes the title (which I don’t like to do because it’s not my call), a Twitter user would read that title as “yet” another unwarranted attack on poor little Israel. Perchance to miss the positive significance of this particular “drip.” (drip, drip, drip…)

    FWIW

  4. Kay24
    March 26, 2016, 12:39 am

    “Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly criticized the human rights body after the vote, stating the Council had enacted a double standard”.

    Netanyahu should know all about double standards, as he howls outrageously at what should have been done long time ago. Apartheid land has a lot of double standards when it comes to it’s victims who have been under occupation and having their lands stolen by thieves without any remorse. This zionist tactic of “harshly criticizing” is becoming lame, and they have got to realize that calling someone anti-semitic, and stifling the truth from being spoken, is not working anymore. So let Booby boy harshly criticize all he wants, and let the UN compile their list, it was long overue, and the BDS movement will find it very useful too.

  5. Marnie
    March 26, 2016, 3:10 am

    “The UN Human Rights Council has become an anti-Israel circus. It attacks the only democracy in the Middle East and ignores the gross violations of Iran, Syria and North Korea,” Netanyahu said. “The absurdity is that instead of dealing with the Palestinians’ terrorist attacks and those of Daesh in Europe, it decides to condemn Israel. Israel calls on responsible governments not to honor the decisions of the Council that discriminate against Israel.”

    Blue haired booby is looking at this all wrong. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk or commit gross human rights violations. The UN should also impose sanctions on the borderless state of israel until the time they are no longer in violation of UN regulations they agreed to when they were allowed to become a ‘state’. stop violating the lives and well-being of the indigenous people, get the hell out of Palestine and end the occupation.

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